Bob Carlin
Producer, Performer, Teacher & Researcher

Bob Carlin, Researcher

"What really sets Bob apart from other performers of old-time music has been his extraordinary contributions to the understanding of the banjo within old-time music and of the larger communities that spawned it. Through his field and recording projects, he has made it possible for a whole new generation to enjoy Southern traditional music as played by its proponents.

Gail Gillespie, Editor-in-Chief
The Old-Time Herald

Bob has been a tireless crusader in the preservation and dissemination of information about the banjo. Without his efforts the extraordinary playing of many people of the past and present might otherwise have been forgotten."

"Bob strikes again! After his great article on the Helton Brothers (OTH vol. 10, no. 10) Bob Carlin has followed with yet another wonderful story, on Fiddlin’ Bill Hensley (vol. 11, no. 4).  It is just as full of information and history as the Helton article, and with its stunning old photographs, it is the kind of in-depth look at musicians and their art that makes the Old-Time Herald such a unique and important magazine for us fiddle enthusiasts.
Keep 'em coming, Bob. I look forward to more of your stories!"

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